Walmart trials Smart Box home delivery

US omnichannel retailer Walmart is to deliver to customers’ Smart Box temperature controlled home parcel lockers at participating stores in Florida.

The HomeValet Smart Boxes are temperature controlled cooler boxes that can be accessed by couriers using a one time access code on their smart device, and keep the groceries at a controlled temperature.

These are bought and paid for in full by Walmart customers. Manufacturers HomeValet usually sells these for $499 (£386) but is offering them at an unspecified low price to Walmart customers using the scheme (customers are informed on signing up).

According to HomeValet, they are to be shipped later this month, for Walmart customers to start using them in the coming weeks.

As well as allowing for goods to be kept in optimal condition while the customer is out, the smart locking device keeps ‘porch pirates’ at bay thanks to the security. It also allows a greater time-window for Walmart to deliver groceries.

This is a pilot scheme that Walmart is testing to explore more avenues in home delivery. No doubt the costs involved in buying the Smart Boxes will impact uptake of the offer, and this will be one of those factors being explored.

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